January 29, 2013

The Gospel Today

Tuesday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time

Mk 3: 31-35

The mother of Jesus and his brothers arrived at the house.
Standing outside, they sent word to Jesus and called him.
A crowd seated around him told him,
“Your mother and your brothers and your sisters
are outside asking for you.”
But he said to them in reply,
“Who are my mother and my brothers?”
And looking around at those seated in the circle he said,
“Here are my mother and my brothers.
For whoever does the will of God
is my brother and sister and mother.”

Reflection (Sem. Enrico L. Terrel)

We have many affiliations in the church. Some of us are serving as lay ministers, lectors and altar servers. Some of us are serving in the Mother Butlers Guild. Some of us are in the Ministry of Ushers and Greeters. Some of us are in the Parish Pastoral Council. Some of us are in the Implementing Council. Some are in the Finance Council. My point is, we are connected and serving the church in many ways. However, our connection to the church does not fully guarantee our salvation in the end. So what does guarantee our salvation?

In the gospel passage today, Jesus Christ teaches the crowd that true belongingness in the family of God is not found in biological relations. Rather, it is manifested by one’s submission to the will of God. Living according to the will of God is not a one-time action, but a lifelong commitment to God.

Jesus himself lived what he preached. He lovingly obeyed the Father’s will to save man from sin and death. He humbled himself and became man through the process of Incarnation. He embraced every aspect of human condition such as poverty, temptation, hunger, rejection, abandonment, betrayal, denial and even death. He experienced everything except sin. He was obedient to the Father up to the very end. The Blessed Virgin Mary submitted herself too by allowing herself to become the mother of God despite not fully grasping the dynamics of it.

God does not mind us serving Him and the church. He appreciates the service that we render for the betterment of the people of God. However, He does not want us to be in the church for the sake of being in the church. He does not want us to serve for the sake of serving. He invites us to check our motivations because our motivations determine whether what we are doing is indeed for the love of God or for the love of ourselves.

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